讲座 01 / TALK 01
Spotlight on Hong Kong Independent Filmmaking
It has been almost two decades since the decline of Hong Kong cinema which began in the mid-1990s. Once dubbed as the Hollywood of the East, it has been facing multiple challenges, in particular rampant piracy, dwindling box office returns and exodus of filmmaking talents towards mainland China.
However in the past few years, we have seen a resurgence of Hong Kong indie filmmaking with several young talents making their first feature film between 2012 to 2015. Short filmmakers continue to have platforms such as the Freshwave International Short Film Festival to showcase and recognise their work, and most recently, Ten Years, an ominibus of five short films produced independently by young directors and producers have become a domestic box office hit, winning the Best Film at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards. For many of the younger generation of filmmakers, we have been seeing a shift towards a strong focus on local issues and narratives, in contrast to making formulaic movies steeped in popular genres for the mass audience. What is the current climate for independent filmmakers in Hong Kong? We have on the panel, writer directors Kiwi Chow (A Complicated Story, Ten Years) and Jevons Au (Trivisia, Ten Years) as well as producer Andrew Choi (Final Project, Ten Years) to share with us their experiences in independent filmmaking and their views and aspirations for Hong Kong cinema. The panel will be moderated by David Lee, Vice Chairman, Singapore Film Society.